In the process of control anti-social activities and provide adequate security for tourists at the Buddhist heritage site atop Thotlakonda, the city police have decided to build up patrolling atop the hill. To boost the surveillance the police authorities have also suggested that the Tourism Department install CCTV cameras.
The Buddhist monastery built in the 2nd Century BC, Brahmi inscriptions, votive and miniature stupas at Thotlakonda near Bheemili, about 15 km from the city, makes it a major tourist attraction in the Visakhapatnam circuit.
Anyhow, the heritage centre has turned into a safe haven for anti-social activities by youngsters and a favoured venue for booze parties of late especially in the night, many gain entry and organise parties with camp-fires. And the visitors are being welcomed with broken liquor bottles, empty snack packets, With complaints pouring in from tourists and tour operators, City Police Commissioner Mahesh Chandra Laddha, VMRDA Vice-Chairman P. Basanth Kumar and officials from Tourism Department, M. Ravindranath Babu, inspected the spot on Thursday.
We will intensify patrolling with immediate effect to protect the sanctity of the spot because we have received a number of complaints on the rise of anti-social activities. expressed Mr Ravindranath Babu.
Patrolling teams will conduct surprise checks during and after the visiting hours. From today arranged police personnel will be checking at the entrance. We will make sure that there is no entry of people into the site before and after the visiting hours,” he noted.
Water supply by Dec. 15
Meanwhile, VMRDA Vice-Chairman P. Basanth Kumar has said that water supply facility will be ensured atop Thotlaknda by December 15. A pump house will be set up downhill from which water will be supplied through the pipeline.